One of the things I love about our current apartment is the small community around us. We live right off the T and everything is within walking distance, including the local library exactly one block away.
In my “funemployment,” there are some key things I am trying to accomplish. In addition to getting a job, I want to use my time to volunteer, exercise, and learn new songs on my guitar. I also wanted to get a library card.
So today, I set out to do just that.
I strode up the steps, threw open the big doors, walked to the front desk, and happily announced “Hi! I’d like to get a library card, please.”
The man at the desk stared at me. Stared at me. Stared at me some more.
And then he laughed.
This was even before he looked at my ridiculous last name, and before he saw that I had brought my lease with me to prove my address (I couldn’t find anything else!).
In the end, he gave me a card, but I don’t really get what was so funny about it. I guess maybe he doesn’t see many people my age who still get excited about the prospect of a new card and all the possibilities it allows. Can I really be the only young woman who still cares about a new number and a new collection of books to explore?
I have to admit, the last time I got a card to the local library (across the street from Mount Holyoke) I used the card more often to pry open locked doors than I did to check out books, but that was mostly because it was only open about 16 hours a week and I was in class for the majority of them.
Even as I remain mystified about his stares and laughter, I am excited to have taken one more step to be a part of this community. Plus, more free books! Win win win.